Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

(Wood Fern Family)

The Dryopteridaceae are difficult to describe as a family because the limits of the family are not very distinct. For instance, some authors elect to exclude Athyrium, others Woodsia. Still, there are some traits that bind the group together. The plants are terrestrial, and have scales on the stems and petiole bases. The sori are never marginal and usually have an indusium (true covering.) The blades are generally lanceolate in outline. Microscopic spore characters also bind this group together.

Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum (Lady Fern)
Cystopteris reevesiana (Southwestern Brittle Fern)
Dryopteris filix-mas (Male Fern)
Phanerophlebia auriculata (Eared Veiny Fern)
Woodsia neomexicana (New Mexico Cliff Fern)
Woodsia phillipsii (Phillip's Cliff Fern)
Woodsia plummerae (Plummer's Cliff Fern)

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